“I don’t know James Franklin, but with all due respect to him, he better man up, or he’s going to get laughed out of the SEC.”
That’s what Paul Finebaum, a radio host known as “The Voice of the SEC,” said Thursday about the Missouri quarterback choosing to sit out with an inflamed bursa last week.
Finebaum was doing an interview with Tim McKernan on KFNS’s ITD Morning After radio show.
McKernan played the audio for Gary Pinkel and then asked for the Missouri coach’s response to that comment.
“I don’t have any. I have none,” Pinkel laughed. “I don’t care what he says.”
Despite saying he had no response, Pinkel continued to respond.
“I have none. It’s not worth a response,” Pinkel said, even interrupting McKernan’s attempt to ask another quesion.
Then McKernan brought up Pinkel’s statement from Missouri’s media day on Monday, where Pinkel said, “Anybody that questions James Franklin’s toughness, they have to have been in a coma for the last two years.”
McKernan asked Pinkel to elaborate on the statement. And he did.
“True. Well, look how he played last year. He’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around in my life. And no one has ever questioned his toughness,” Pinkel said.
This is where it gets good.
“So, that dude (Finebaum) must have been in a coma. I don’t even know who you’re talking about,” Pinkel said. “I don’t know who he is. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”
Pinkel has even been a guest on Finebaum’s show before, so it is unlikely that he doesn’t know who Finebaum is.
Finebaum then tweeted, “That didn’t take long! New SEC member already ticked off. Pinkel declares war on Finebaum. Audio forthcoming. Join us at 2:05 ct on SXM Ch91.”
The tweet promoting The Paul Finebaum show has since been deleted. On the show, Finebaum referred to Pinkel as his “good friend.”
“This dude has never been in a coma Coach Pinkel, but I appreciate the kind words anyway,” Finebaum said. “I have nothing against Gary Pinkel. I’m not going to turn this into a name-calling contest. I respect him.”
It seemed like Finebaum was quickly putting an end to the ‘war.’ Then he opened fire again.
“I think he’s done a reasonably good job at Missouri, although he took the gas pipe a little bit in the second half of the Georgia game,” Finebaum said. “He’s the one who started this fire. He’s the one where the story emanated from when he first questioned James Franklin.”
Finebaum was referring to Pinkel’s postgame comments after Missouri’s win over Arizona State. Pinkel’s words were not exactly an endorsement of his quarterback.
“It was just too painful for him, and he didn’t want to play,” Pinkel said.
Pinkel did leave reporters questioning Franklin’s toughness, but he has since endorsed the junior quarterback repeatedly. But it didn’t stop a dude he allegedly doesn’t know from taking shots at Franklin.
We will see if Pinkel has any more to say about this matter. It probably won’t come before Missouri plays at South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS, but it sounds like Finebaum expects the war to continue.
“Maybe. Maybe, Pinkel can show an ounce of personality in this response the second time around.” Finebaum said. “Anyway, Gary Pinkel, welcome to the SEC pal, where no one is ever in a coma on Saturday.”